James Lecesne

James Lecesne

Middleburg will welcome Academy Award-winning writer and performer James Lecesne on Saturday for what event organizers are calling a “one-of-a-kind theatrical event.”

Lecesne, creator of the short film “Trevor,” which won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 1995, will perform his solo show “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” on April 13 at 8 p.m. at The Hill School at the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center.

Middleburg-based music and arts therapy nonprofit A Place to Be and local residents Ken Dreyfuss and Teresa Wheeler are sponsoring the event.

The play examines a small New Jersey shore town in the wake of the disappearance of 14-year-old Leonard Pelkey. “A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he’s gone, Leonard Pelkey becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how we live, who we love and what we leave behind,” a rundown of the show reads.

The production is written and performed by Lecesne, directed by Tony Speciale and features original music from Duncan Sheik.

Ticket information can be found at AbsoluteBrightness.eventbrite.com and through AplaceToBeva.org.

Lecesne, an LGBTQ activist, co-founded and launched The Trevor Project in 1998 as the first nationwide, 24-hour crisis intervention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The initiative includes phone, in-person and online life-affirming resources.

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